ONSTAGE & BACKSTAGE: A Birthday Bonanza and Mischief with Megan Mullally

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04 Mar 2014

There are lots of interviews I've done over the past few weeks that I haven't fully written about. First of all, one of the fun parts of the Megan Hilty show at the Ft. Lauderdale Parker Playhouse was when her husband Brian Gallagher joined her in a duet of "Suddenly Seymour." However, when I called him up to sing, it took forever because he was seated all the way in Row T! When he finally got onstage he asked, "Who do you have to screw around here to get a good seat in this joint?" Then he looked at Megan and said, "Obviously, not you." Sass! I was chatting with Megan before the show and I mentioned a NY singer whom I think has a good voice. She told me that singer is not the coolest person. I was shocked and asked for an example and got a doozy. Turns out, Megan had sung with this singer in a benefit in L.A. Afterwards, she went over to her to be courteous and tell her "good job," but before she could say a word, the singer cut her with a condescending smile and told her, "Before you ask, I can't take any more voice students." Isn't that amazing! So obsessed with the presumptuousness!

I love those kinds of stories. One of my faves involves an opera singer named Diane Lizer who's good friends with my manager, Mark Cortale. They both went to The Mannes School of Music and Diane had a rival opera singer in her graduating class. During Diane's recital, her rival had the chutzpah to come to her dressing room during intermission. She poked her head in and said, "Hi! I'll be quick. I just want to say... breathe!" and then promptly left. So perfect. The most succinct undermining ever! PS, speaking of Megan Hilty in Ft. Lauderdale, I'm going back there March 13 doing my Broadway@ series with Patti LuPone! Hopefully, she'll have a better show playing in the next venue. (See side photo)

When I had Jonathan Groff on "Seth's Broadway Chatterbox," which you can watch on SethTV.com, we talked about Spring Awakening. Turns out, he and Lea Michele would call each other "Mommy" and "Daddy" because they were like the leaders of the kids in the show. Well, that wasn't the only tradition they had. (The next part is for adults only!) Before the show, Lea would always joke about the sex scene she had with Jonathan and aggressively tell him, "I can't wait for you to **** me!" Well, one day Lea was coming to the show in a cab. She was talking to Jonathan on her cell phone and ended the conversation with her signature saying. Cut to, the cab driver almost had an accident because all he heard was an young girl saying into her phone "I can't wait for you to **** me, Daddy!" And... crash.

The other Broadway @ show I did was at the Broad in Santa Monica with Megan Mullally. Her husband Nick Offerman (who plays Ron Swanson on "Parks and Recreation") was supposed to join her in the interview segment but wound up getting an out-of-town gig. Instead, he filmed himself answering questions that I posed to him during the show. He is always so funny and one of the questions I asked was about his worst audition. He said that he went to try out for a play in New York City and while he was auditioning the producer put his head down... and fell asleep! He felt everyone treated him badly at that audition, including the director, whom he called "Dan something... or somebody Sullivan." Hi-lar. Nick joined us by video, but Eric McCormack showed up live and chatted with me and Megan.

Speaking of the nicknames "Mom and Dad" (a la Jonathan Groff/Lea), that's what Sean and Megan called Eric and Debra Messing! Megan said it was because she and Sean were always getting busted for "being over in the corner and pulling each other's pants down." Eric confirmed Sean's hilarious childishness by telling us about the time they all had to sit through one of the NBC sexual harassment meetings that corporations are required to do. Eric said that at the end of the seminar, Sean loudly thanked them for informing him about what's sexually appropriate behavior in the workplace and then exited in front of everyone... with his pants and underwear around his ankles.

This Thursday I have Tony Award winner Patina Miller at the "Chatterbox" at 5 PM! And then, of course, at 7 PM is Disaster!! Last week we had a plethora of Broadway people come... Danny Burstein and his amazing wife Rebecca Luker, Robin de Jesus from In the Heights, Norbert Leo Butz, whom I'm about to join on the Playbill Cruise to Tahiti and Laura Osnes who reunited with her Grease co-star, Max Crumm, onstage (he played Danny to her Sandy). Come by Disaster! this week and see me continue to celebrate my birthday. Peace out!

(Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon Broadway host on SiriusXM. He has played piano for over 15 Broadway shows, was Grammy-nominated for his concert CD of Hair and Emmy-nominated for being a comedy writer on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." He has written two novels, "Broadway Nights" and "My Awesome/Awful Popularity Plan," which are also available at Audible.com. He recently launched SethTV.com, where you can contact him and view all of his videos and his sassy new reality show.)

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